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TISPOL has welcomed a package of measures announced by the European Commission (EC) to help reduce the 25,000 deaths that occur on EU roads annually.
Ruth Purdie, general secretary of TISPOL, says: “Today’s announcements could represent the biggest step forward in road safety in Europe since the introduction of the seat belt."
Antonio Avenoso of the European Transport Safety Council said the EC’s announcements require backing from EU member states and the European Parliament. They should not give in to pressure from car manufacturers, who are trying to weaken parts of the plan, he added.
The EC is proposing new vehicles are equipped with advanced safety features to tackle road fatalities. These solutions include advanced emergency braking and lane-keeping assist systems for cars, or pedestrian and cyclist detection systems for trucks.